Giffords Testifying at Senate Gun Violence Hearing
Where, unfortunately for Lindsey Graham and ted Cruz, there will be no guns
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 7:32 AM CST
In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Continuing her campaign against gun violence, Gabrielle Giffords will testify today at a Senate hearing on the issue. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing—the first on gun violence in 14 months—was already expected to be a dramatic showdown, the Washington Post reports. Giffords is not expected to take questions; husband Mark Kelly will testify after her, as will the NRA's Wayne LaPierre.

Adding to the drama: Two Republican senators want to bring unloaded guns to the hearing, Politico reports, but Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz are running into obstacles with law enforcement. They wrote to committee chair Patrick Leahy to express their disappointment, explaining that their goal is "to educate fellow senators and members of the public how and why firearms are used by millions of law-abiding Americans for self-defense, hunting, and sporting purposes" and "to shatter the mistaken belief that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a danger to society."

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Jan 31, 2013 9:38 AM CST
time to arm everyone
Jan 30, 2013 5:28 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... You'd think she'd want to live a life after what happened to her, but I guess her and her husbsnd have nothing to do anymore, but campaign against gun violence. --- Put the trash on the other side of the tracks, to cut down on gun violence. --------- REALLY
Jan 30, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Guns are NOT violent, guns are NOT evil, guns are INANIMATE objects, guns DO NOT have a brain. The point is: it's not the GUN, it's the HAND on the gun. Control the criminals and the crazies and control the violence.